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Our Ivanhowe Wins Gr1 Ranvet Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on a heavy track, 7YO German-bred entire Our Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow-Indigo Girl, by Sternkönig) registered his second top flight victory since arriving in Australia when relishing the heavy track conditions to post a dominant 3.3 length win for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman in the $700,000 Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, over Godolphin's 6YO UK-bred gelding Hartnell (Authorized-Debonnaire, by Anabaa) & 7YO Irish-bred entire The United States (Galileo-Beauty is Truth, by Pivotal). Having his first start since the Melbourne Cup in November, Our Ivanhowe advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Doomben Cup, Gr1 Grosser Preis von Bayern & Gr1 Grosser Preis von Bayern) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Cup) from 24 starts for $1,849,413 earnings. "The horse deserves his day in the sun. He's a gentleman, an absolute pleasure to have and we're grateful to have a horse who is so genuine," said co-trainer Anthony Freedman. Freedman said Our Ivanhowe is a chance of backing up in this Saturday's $1.5 million Gr1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens. Formerly trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho, Our Ivanhowe was a dual Gr1 winner of the Grosser Preis von Bayern (2400m) and Grosser Preis von Bayern, in which he defeated subsequent German Derby winner Sea The Moon. Testament to Our Ivanhowe's class is the fact that he polled third behind Sea The Moon and Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in Germany's 2015 Horse of the Year award.